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Bruins vs Flames – Ship them back to Boston. Game Preview

I really wanted to include a quote from the Departed but I'm sure SBNation would ban me if I posted it. Oh well, the Bruins are in town looking to help their playoff positioning while the Flames are looking to push further into the western conference standings.



The last time the Bruins came to town was a cold December evening back in 2013. For me, and like every other fan of the Flames it was a special evening. My then-girlfriend gave me a free pass as I tried to pretend like I wasn’t crying. I totally cried though and I have no shame. The Flames lost 2-1 but it didn’t matter.

This time the Bruins return, without Jarome Iginla – hell, without a few other core pieces, too. After stumbling for much of the season due to a team riddled with injuries they've moved up the ranks of the Eastern Conference to fight for a wildcard spot. This team is still an effective team but not as scary as they could be. (The Flames have more wins than them! For real!)

The Flames, whose only similarity to the Bruins is their own personal fight for a playoff spot, are coming off a 3-2 win over the Canucks. You may remember the Canucks as a franchise of perpetual disappointment and rioting. We’ve also won the season series against those west coast hosers, with five points earned against them to their four.

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Game time: 7:00 p.m. MT

Channel: Sportsnet West (SNW)

All-time record: The Bruins hold a 56-32-10-1 record against the Flames dating back to our humble beginnings in Atlanta. The last time Calgary beat Boston was in 2008 by a score of 3-2 which was forever ago. Dustin Boyd still existed and he scored the game winner. Iginla had two assists and we didn’t yet know that Tim Thomas was a crazy Republican who lives in a bunker in Colorado.

Common threads: Both teams have utter contempt for the existence of the Vancouver Canucks. As mentioned, former captain and naturally perfect human Jarome Iginla played for both teams. Both teams have won the Stanley Cup before as well. Marc Savard used to play hockey for both teams but now he can’t.

Finally, the late Steve Montador played 94 games with the Flames from 2001 to 2004. During the 08-09 season he also played 13 regular season games with the Bruins, as well as 11 playoff contests. We miss you, Steve. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Approaching milestones: Patrice Bergeron is one goal away from 200 in his career which is nice. Noted tantrum thrower Tuukka Rask is one shutout away from 11th in active shutouts. So I’ve basically jinxed the team now. Mason Raymond is nine games away from 500 in his career which is awful nice considering his injuries.

Scoreboard watching:

Edmonton vs Winnipeg – Winnipeg currently sits at 68 points (29-19-10) and are three points up on the Flames. This is a rare occasion to cheer for our disappointing rivals of the north.

Minnesota vs Vancouver – Both Vancouver and Minnesota are looking for points. Minnesota currently sits in 9th place (28-20-7) behind the Flames with 63 points. Vancouver is 7th (31-21-3) in the West and tied with the Flames for 65 points. We hope both teams fold mid-game preventing any points gained.

Tampa Bay vs Los Angeles – The Kings are currently 10th (25-18-12) in the West with 62 points and looking to hone in on the remaining wildcard spots. This is the only time you cheer for Tampa, friends.

Current records and leaders

Calgary Flames Bahstan Bruins
Record: 31-22-3: 65 points Record: 28-20-7: 63 points
Pacific Division: 4th Atlantic Division: 4th
Western Conference: 8th Western Conference: 8th
Goal Differential: +18 Goal Differential: +3
Time on ice
Defence: TJ Brodie (25:10 per game)
Forward: Sean Monahan (19:18 per game)
Defence: Zdeno Chara (22:49 per game)
Forward: David Krejci (18:10 per game)
Goals: Sean Monahan (19)
Assists: Mark Giordano (33)
Points: Jiri Hudler (45)
Goals: Patrice Bergeron (16)
Assists: Carl Soderberg (23)
Points: Patrice Bergeron (37)
Shots on goal: Mark Giordano (143)
Shooting percentage: Lance Bouma (17.2%)
Shots on goal: Patrice Bergeron (158)
Shooting percentage: Seth Griffith (18.2%)
Faceoff Leaders
Sean Monahan (49.8%, 1220 taken) Patrice Bergeron (59.4%, 1216 taken)
Penalty minutes: Brandon Bollig (52)
Hits: Lance Bouma (180)
Blocked shots: Kris Russell (177)
Penalty minutes: Milan Lucic (73 billion)
Hits: Milan Lunatic (175)
Blocked shots: Dennis Seidenberg (100)
ES Corsi/Fenwick (minimum 1/2 team’s games played)
Corsi for%: Mark Giordano (49.2%, 56 GP)
Jiri Hudler (48.9%, 53 GP)
Fenwick for%: Josh Jooris (50.3%, 40 GP)
Jiri Hudler (49.5%, 53 GP)
Corsi for%: Patrice Bergeron (59.0%, 54 GP)
Brad Marchand (57.3%, 50 GP)
Fenwick for%: Patrice Bergeron (57.9%, 54 GP)
Brad Marchand (56.6%, 50 GP)

Possible starting lineups that will change up until two seconds before puck drop

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Hockey Sean Monahan Papa Jiri Hudler
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund David Jones
Curtis Glencross Josh Jooris Mason Raymond
Paul Byron Matt Stajan Joe Colborne
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Rafa Diaz Deryk Engelland aka human disaster
Karri Ramo
Jonas Hiller

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Milan Loosik David Krejci David Pastrnak
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly Carl Sodabyorg Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille Gregory Campbell Craig Cunningham
Left Defence Right Defence
Zdeno Chara, destroyer of worlds (teach me how to) Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg Adam McQuaid of the Clan McQuaid
Torey Krug Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

by Mike Pfeil